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Fighting for his life: Once a ‘menace to society,’ boxing brought Adam Stewart peace

PHOENIX – By the time he was 17, Phoenix's Adam Stewart was abusing meth and spending time in prison for armed robbery and aggravated assault. Then boxing found him and in June came confirmation of his success: a televised bout on ESPN.


Western states look to sewers to track next coronavirus outbreak

Right now, there is no reliable way to predict where the next potential coronavirus outbreak will be. But many western states are looking to get a handle on the disease by diving into the sewer.


It’s Bizzaro World: Pac-12 football schedule has ASU-Arizona opening season

PHOENIX – The college football season is closer to becoming a reality. The Pacific-12 Conference released its schedule Friday and it revealed a new twist for Arizona State and Arizona. They open the season in Tucson.


Head games: Former volleyball player believes concussions led to mental health issues

PHOENIX – Concussion education is important to Stephanie Cahill. She played high school volleyball from 14 to 16 years old and suffered five concussions, two of them while playing club ball. Now 23, she believes the anxiety and depression she has experienced since the injuries are related.


Lawsuit claims concussions turned ASU linebacker Jason Franklin’s dreams to despair

PHOENIX - Jason Franklin was a walk-on football player for Arizona State University. Two years after he died by suicide, his family filed a suit claiming he received four concussions in practice that led to deteriorating mental health. Franklin’s brain showed signs of CTE.


Coronavirus sports roundup: Suns energized; Coyotes await games with no fans

PHOENIX – Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams likes team’s energy, while Coyotes try to imagine games with no fans.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Clubs close after citations, push back on Ducey’s call-out of ‘bad actors’

PHOENIX - Members of Diamondbacks organization test positive, Rep. Stanton criticizes Maricopa County for lack of contact tracing and more headlines from the Grand Canyon State.


Upstart head start: Some challengers better funded than incumbents

TEMPE - The coronavirus had already made 2020 an unusual election year when campaign finance reports added another twist, showing challengers in some congressional races raising far more than the incumbents they hope to unseat.


Suns sharpshooter Rex Chapman broke an NBA playoff record 23 years ago

PHOENIX – Twenty-three years ago, Rex Chapman became the first NBA player to drill nine 3-point shots in a single playoff game for the Phoenix Suns. That record stayed in place until Klay Thompson came along.


Almost a Raider, forever a Cardinal: Arizona drafted Larry Fitzgerald 16 years ago

PHOENIX – The Arizona Cardinals were thrilled that Larry Fitzgerald, a wide receiver out of Pittsburgh, fell into their laps with the third overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Protesters demand that Arizona reopen; experts say far more testing is needed first

PHOENIX – Arizona must double the number of tests it conducts before reopening for business, an expert says; water shortage might be contributing to cases of the disease among Navajos; and other updates about how COVID-19 is impacting Arizona.


Nineteen years ago, Diamondbacks’ Luis Gonzalez tied major league home run record

PHOENIX – In April of 2001, Luis Gonzalez hit 13 home runs in one month to tie a major league record, but it was only the beginning of the Diamondbacks’ magical season.